Humpback Rocks Old Time Concert Series–Summer 2018

    The FRIENDS of the Blue Ridge Parkway Humpback Rocks Chapter and the Bill Bolling Foundation present the 2018 Summer Humpback Rocks Old Time Concert Series. Concerts are Sundays at 2 pm at the Humpback Rocks Visitor Center (MP 5.8). Concerts are free and open to the public! Join us: June 17: Farm Use String Band July 1: The Lovell Coleman Band July 8: Harmony Hill July 15: The Bill Wellington String Band August 5: Sunny Side August 19: Grassy Ridge September 2: The McKenzies September 16: Blue Mountain Sunrise September 30: Uncle Henry's ... Read more

Join us May 1st for the Blue Ridge Parkway’s 2018 Season Preview

Parkway Season Preview Tuesday, May 1st 4 PM – 6 PM Virginia’s Blue Ridge Visitor Center 101 Shenandoah Ave. NE Roanoke, VA   The National Park Service invites you to attend the 2018 Blue Ridge Parkway Season Preview, a showcase of upcoming Parkway activities and projects. Parkway staff will provide a “behind the scenes” look to promote awareness and understanding of the National Park Service’s stewardship mission. Park staff will be available at information stations to answer questions and discuss projects such as restoration of historic facilities including Humpback ... Read more

Starr Hill Brewery Beers with Benefits to Support FRIENDS

Starr Hill Brewery has selected FRIENDS of the Blue Ridge Parkway to be the recipient of their Beers with Benefits promotion. We will receive a portion of sales on their three flagship beers (The Love, Northern Lights IPA and Grateful Pale Ale) sold in Virginia during April, May and June.  Live in Virginia but don't know where to find Starr Hill The Love, Northern Lights IPA and Grateful Pale Ale? Use the Starr Hill Beer Finder to find locations near you! While Starr Hill is only sold in Virginia, FRIENDS ... Read more

Year of the Bird: Blue Ridge Parkway, Botanical Treasure and Avian Hideaway

Join former Blue Ridge Parkway Interpretive Ranger Butch Kelly for a close up look at plant and bird interrelationships. Program:  Year of the Bird: "Blue Ridge Parkway Botanical Treasure and Avian Hideaway"  Date & Time: Thursday, April 19, 5:30 pm Location: Raleigh Court Branch Library 2112 Grandin Road (in front of Patrick Henry High School) Speaker Background: Richard "Butch" Kelly is married to Betty Kelly and has 4 children and 6 grandchildren.  Butch's interests include hiking, nature study, photography, and reading.  His education includes a BS in ... Read more

NPS Announces First Annual Project Parkway for April 21, 2018

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT The National Park Service, Blue Ridge Parkway is excited to introduce Project Parkway, a new annual volunteer event combining efforts parkway-wide! We appreciate the dedication and interest you've demonstrated to the Parkway, so we want to specially invite YOU to join us for a hands-on workday improving the visitor experience at campgrounds and picnic areas. Where? Along the Entire Parkway! We'll be working at each of the campgrounds: Otter Creek, Peaks of Otter, Rocky Knob, Doughton Park, Julian Price, Linville Falls, Crabtree Falls, and Mount Pisgah. When? Saturday, April 21st from ... Read more

March 7th Lecture: Constellations-Stick Figures in the Night

The FRIENDs of the Blue Ridge Parkway, Humpback Rocks Chapter is partnering with Shenandoah Valley Stargazers to present a program at Rockfish Presbyterian Church.  What: "Constellations: Stick Figures in the Night," A Presentation by Earl Downs When: Wednesday, March 7th at 7:00 PM Where: Rockfish Presbyterian Church, Rt. 151, Nellysford, VA Free and open to the public! Read more

Nov. 16: Dark Skies, A Presentation by John Goss

  The Roanoke Valley Chapter of Friends, Blue Ridge Parkway is partnering with the Roanoke City Library on their bi-monthly speaker program! John Goss, President of The Astronomical League, the Nation's Largest Federation of Astronomical Societies, will be presenting the program on November 16 at the Raleigh Court Library Community Room.  What: "Dark Skies," A Presentation by John Goss When: 5:30 PM Where: Raleigh Court Public Library Community Room Free and open to the public! ****************************** Biography: John Goss has been an avid skywatcher since he was six years old ... Read more

Roanoke Chapter Honors Kinney Rorrer with Appreciation Night

On Sunday, July 16, 2017 the Roanoke Valley Chapter of FRIENDS honored Kinney Rorrer with a "Kinney Rorrer Appreciation Night" at the Sunday Music on Roanoke Mountain. Rorrer has been the authority and catalyst for preserving, protecting, and promoting old time Appalachian Music. Because of his diligent research of past recordings, the listening public has an accurate account of the instruments, people and songs of the Appalachian Mountains. He has hosted the radio show, Back to the Blue Ridge, on WVTF 89.1 since 2001.  ... Read more

It’s the 30th Anniversary of Music on the Mountain!

Soak in the mountains with some old time music! The 2017 Music on the Mountain Sunday evening programs begins, this Sunday, May 28 at 7:00 pm. This will be the 30th anniversary of the series!  To celebrate, the FRIENDS Roanoke Valley Chapter will be hosting a 2017 Opening Night Ceremony including cake and celebration! 6:00 PM- Walk around the loop 6:45 PM-  2017 Opening Night Ribbon Cutting 7:00 PM-  Performance by the Mountain Revelers (Recording live!)   All performances are free of charge! Bring chairs or blankets to ... Read more

Wildflowers of the Blue Ridge

  The Roanoke Valley Chapter of FRIENDS will be hosting a free presentation by the Virginia Cooperative Extension and Roanoke Masters Gardeners on Thursday, May 18, 2017 at 5:30 pm, at the Raleigh Court Library. Barbara Leach of Virginia Cooperative Extension and Ellen Holtman of Roanoke Master Gardeners will share beautiful photos and information about the Blue Ridge environment, including topography, soil, pH, elevation and types of trees. You will learn about 25-30 wildflowers found in the Blue Ridge and their medicinal uses by ... Read more
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